Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia, the capital of the province of Vojvodina. Today, Novi Sad is a wonderful university city on the Danube River, famous for it's IT energy. In the last couple of years it has become a real IT center of Serbia with more than 4000 developers, engineers, programmers, software developers, coders and other people related to this industry. A lot of startups and IT communities are growing here. Gatherings like meetups and workshops have become a part of our everyday life, places where we exchange knowledge and socialize.
Zrenjanin or Petrovgrad is a city located in the eastern part of Vojvodina, Serbia. It is the administrative centre of the Central Banat District. The city's population is 76,511, while the Zrenjanin county has 123,362 inhabitants.
Travel and Custom formalities
Countries whose citizens may enter Serbia without a visa or without a passport (but with an ID card) are defined by international treaties or by decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. A foreigner who does not require a visa or traveldocument to enter Serbia may stay for a maximum of 90 days over a period of six months from the day of the first entry.
Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Serbia:
- For all types of passport, up to 90 days: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, the Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, United States of America, Vatican City.
- For diplomatic and official passports, as well as ordinary passports with the "on business..." clause: Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine.
- Only with diplomatic or official passports: Ecuador, Guinea, Pakistan, Peru and Turkey.
- Only with diplomatic passports: Egypt.
- Only with ordinary passports: Mexico.
Foreign nationals visiting Serbia who are required to obtain visas at the diplomatic or consular mission of the Serbia need:
- Valid Passport,
- Letter of invitation (verified by the competent Serbian authority) or an invitation by a company for a business visit or a receipt or authorized tourist company certifying that the travel arrangement has been paid for (if you need us to send you this letter please inform us by email firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Return ticket,
- Proof of sufficient funds in hard currency and
- Certificate that a health fund shall cover the medical costs in Serbia, if any.
Visitors are allowed to bring into Serbia items of personal luggage and prescription medication (in a quantity required to continue treatment for the duration of stay), as well as up to one bottle of perfume, one bottle of toilet water, one liter of spirits, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, without declaring it to customs authorities.
There is no limit on the amount of currency you are allowed to bring into Serbia, but if you are traveling with €10.000 or more (or equivalent in other currencies) you are required to declare that you are transiting with a given amount in order to avoid complications when leaving Serbia.
Serbia has a number of bilateral agreements with national health insurance funds of other countries which entitle their users/nationals to free health care in Serbia under specified circumstances. You should check with your local health care provider if you are eligible and how you can obtain the required documents before departure. This may end up being a complicated procedure, so for a short stay, purchasing a comprehensive travel insurance with coverage for Serbia might be a better alternative. Having health/travel insurance for Serbia is not a formal entry requirement, but is highly recommended, as for any other country.
Things to see
Old town and city centre
All roads lead to the city center, where the wide pedestrian zone offers something for everyone. The heart of the old town features almost all must-see attractions in Novi Sad. Traditional pastry and ice-cream shops should be one of your first stops. The Liberty Square has been the stage for most significant events, whether cultural or political. It is also the usual rendezvous point and the man place for feeding fat pigeons. The square is dominated by two buildings facing one another: City Hall and the Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church known as the Cathedral. A monument to Svetozar Miletic, Novi Sad mayor and a champion of political rights of the Serbs in the 19th century occupies the centre of the square. From there, the pedestrian zone further stretches to Zmaj Jovina Street, the main promenade and the commercial centre of the town. The street is lined with numerous open-terrace cafes and pastry shops. The street ends with the building of the Bishop's Palace, with the Cathedral Church right behind. The corner of Zmaj Jovina and Dunavska streets is the location of the oldest preserved house in Novi Sad (1720) known as "At the White Lion's", which nowadays houses the Irish Pub. Dunavska street, also packed with shops and cafes, leads towards the Danube Park and the Danube river. At the beginning of the street, you can see one of the pockmarks on the town face - the cannonball which remained buried in the building exterior walls (where it landed during the 1849 shelling of the town).
The Danube Park
The main town park and the loveliest. Once there was a fen overgrown with reeds on its site, which was developed into a park in 1895. Today there is a smallish lake in the heart of the park, which has a tiny island in its middle and ducks and swans are gliding in the lake. The park boasts over 250 species of plants, numerous sculptures, and part of it is turned into a kids playground.
Built in the present form more than three centuries ago, it represents one of the largest monuments and fortress on the Danube, and at the same time, the biggest preserved fortress in Europe. A walk around the Fortress is something that should not be missed: the numerous galleries and museums, the unforgettable view of Novi Sad, the Danube, Fruska Gora and the Pannonian Plain; the hidden underground passageways and of course the wonderful restaurants. Read More
The Cathedral Orthodox Church of Saint George (Saborna).
The Saborna Church was built in the baroque style in 1734. Heavily damaged in the 1849 shelling, it was renovated in 1880. The beautiful iconostasis was done by famous Serbian painter Paja Jovanovic. The cross in the churchyard is the oldest preserved monument in Novi Sad, dating from the 18ht century. Nikole Pasica 4.
The Name of Mary Parish Church - The Cathedral, A Roman Catholic Church built in 1895 in the neo-gothic style on the foundation of an old Roman Catholic church. It has stained-glass windows and the altar made of carved wood from Tyrol. The church sometimes schedules concerts on the organs.
This impressive building in the style of Hungarian secession was completed in 1909. As the Jewish community no longer could support the costs of maintenance, in 1991 it was leased to the city for a period of twenty five years. Taking advantage of the fine acoustics of the synagogue building, the city, having restored the interior, decided to use it as a concert hall for classic and other music events. The Jewish community, nevertheless, is able use the synagogue whenever it wishes, as they do each year, for celebrating major Jewish holidays. Jevrejska 11.
The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection
The legacy of Pavle Beljanski, a diplomat and art collector. The collection features paintings by finest Serbian artists of the first half of the 20th century (including Nadezda Petrovic, Sava Sumanovic and Petar Laburda) as well as sculptures, drawings and tapestries. Trg Galerija 2; open: 10:00-18:00, Thu 13:00-21:00; closed: Mon, Tue; admission 100 dinars.
Museum of Vojvodina
A permanent display of archeological, historical and ethnographic artifacts relevant to Vojvodina, dating from Paleolithic to the middle of the 20th century. Three helmets from late Antique (Roman period) are very impressive. These priceless helmets are considered to be made in IV century. Dunavska 35-37; open: 09:00-17:00; closed: Mon; admission 100 dinars.
Out of town
Fruska Gora Mountain & Monasteries
Fruska Gora Mountain stretches over the southern border of the Panonia plain. It's highest peak is "Crveni cot" at 539 m. This is a natural habitat of rare animals and herbs, a large part of it was declared National park in 1960. The Fruska Gora slopes have well suited for grapes and there are many wine makers. The best sorts of wines are Riesling, Traminer and Bermet. Fruska Gora is close to Novi Sad (20 minutes drive), but far enough so visitors can enjoy and rest in the beautiful surroundings.
The hospitable environment of Fruska Gora made possible 35 Serbian Orthodox monasteries to be built. Unfortunately, only 16 monasteries are still active: Krusedol, Grgeteg, Velika Remeta, Novo Hopovo, Staro Hopovo, Ravanica, Jazak... According to the first written document they were founded from the 15 to the 18 century as an endowment of Serbian despots. The temple, small church, bell tower, sleeping quarters, farm buildings and cultivable soil are a part of a monastery complex. Most of the monasteries were ravaged and looted during the 2nd World War and they enjoy UNESCO protection.
The small town on the Danube bank, located in the vicinity of Novi Sad, just 11 km from the city center. For over 200 years, the town has been the spiritual center of Serbian people and as such flourished with monumental buildings of great importance and cultural heritage. You will experience the St. Nicolas Church (1762), famous for its twin towers and iconoclast, it represents a magnificent piece of baroque architecture. Read More
Farmhouse life (Salas)
Farmhouses, the keepers of time and the traditional way of life, with their authentic design take you "back in time" to Pannonian rural settlements. Village atmosphere in the vicinity of Novi Sad is the ideal place for rest and relaxation from everyday urban life.
Medjunarodni put 137
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Reservations required, restaurant closed on Mondays
Shopping and entertainment
All different kinds of merchandise and goods are available in stores and markets around Novi Sad. The starting point for your shopping should be the Liberty Square. Zmaj Jovina and Dunavska streets are famous for cafe bars, restaurants, craft shops, bookshops as well as for the latest fashion and design stores. Don't miss the famous bar street, Laze Teleckog Street: it has the touch of Spain and its southern "movida".
Traditionally tolerant and hospitable, the citizens of Novi Sad adore to entertain, have fun, and meet new people. The relaxed and peaceful atmosphere is one of the essential elements that you will feel in Novi Sad. In addition, Novi Sad is recognized as a city of great fun, where everyone will find something to enjoy, from jazz sounds, over rock gigs, local tambourine music to mainstream house music clubs.
Being a pedestrian-friendly city, it will be easy for you to find your way around the city.
Words that can help you
The official language is Serbian. However, English is widely spoken at hotels, restaurants and shops. Almost everyone involved in hosting you during your stay speaks at least one foreign language (English, German, French...), but if you try to use Serbian words in everyday conversation your effort will be welcomed with sympathy.
An interesting thing about Serbian language is that you write as you speak and you read as it is written so this can help you learn some of the words very easily. Here are some of the words and expressions that can help you: